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09 July 2020

CIC launches new Diversity Charter for the creative industries

9 July 2019

The Creative Industries Council (CIC) has launched a Charter designed to drive greater diversity across the UK's creative industries. 

Welcoming the Charter, DCMS Secretary of State Jeremy Wright said that despite the UK's reputation as a powerhouse for award-winning creativity it could not remain the preserve of the privileged.

The CIC Charter commits the industry to take action in eight areas to create a more diverse workforce and output that appeals to people from all backgrounds and regions of the UK.

It has been formally adopted by the Council, which is made up of leading figures across the creative industries including TV, computer games, fashion, music, arts, publishing and film.

The industry-wide pledge builds on a range of initiatives in place across creative sub-sectors including the BFI's Diversity Standards aimed specifically at the screen industries.

The Publishers Association has welcomed the Charter as a "clear statement of intent" for the trade. See Mark Chandler's report in The Bookseller report of 9 July 2019

The Charter is set out below. See also the CIC website.


The Diversity Charter

We in the creative sector believe in people and ideas. To remain relevant, and to maintain our place as global players, we need to be inclusive in our outlook and our practice, and to draw on a diverse workforce. We will do all we can to make sure that our work, and the people who make it are fully representative of the richness, depth and diversity of the whole of the UK.


To effect meaningful change signatories of the Creative Industries Council Diversity Charter pledge to:

  1. Collect relevant and meaningful data on diversity and inclusion
  2. Increase the diversity of talent pipelines at entry level
  3. Promote strategies to diversify mid and senior level hiring, development, retention and promotion within member companies and suppliers
  4. Improve the diversity of our output so it serves and appeals to people from all backgrounds and regions across the UK
  5. Develop and set meaningful targets within our organisations and with member companies and suppliers
  6. Engage leaders within our sector to champion diversity and inclusion
  7. Create best practice and guidance to help our organisations, member companies and suppliers to build inclusive cultures
  8. Regularly report and publish our progress